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May 14

The Tuesday Top 5: May 14th, 2019

Posted on May 14, 2019 at 10:54 AM by Laura Oldham


The Tuesday Top 5: May 14th, 2019

Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.                                                                                                                                                                     

1. Getting the Pool Ready for Opening

The City had an unpleasant surprise several days ago when the lap and diving pool were filled with water and immediately found rust forming along the north wall of the pool and the north edge of the peninsula.

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The rust issue is only on those areas not on the other areas of those pool. There is no issue on the zero entry/slide pool at all, making it more difficult to identify the cause.

Over the last week, Parks & Recreation Director Patterson and I met with metal experts, a testing lab and contractors to identify what caused the issue and how to best get it cleaned to allow the pool to open on time.  In addition, contracted with CTL Engineering to do testing.

We know 2 things: the stainless was manufactured within specifications and the City did not cause the issue.

To resolve the issue and still get the pool open as scheduled on May 25th, we have determined that we will use a multi-step approach.  We can clean the rust off immediately with a mild environmentally friendly citrus cleaner and have ordered the work to be done. Work will start Wednesday. The cleaner will remove the rust and will allow us to move forward quickly without any concern about water safety.

The downside of this is that there will be visible discoloring of the metal until we go back this fall – after the pool has closed - to complete a corrective cleansing and treating of the metal.  This cleaning will be more involved and would delay the opening of the pool if we did it now. We have drained the pool in preparation for the work that we are looking to complete this week.

Rest assured the City is closely monitoring this issue and has placed the health and safety of those swimming in the pool as our Number 1 priority.

At this point in time, we are still working hard to get all pools open on May 25th.

2. Addressing Short-term Housing Rentals (STRs)

Issues around Short-Term Rentals (also commonly referred to as Airbnbs} are beginning to emerge in our community as they are nationwide.

I recently attended a conference where this was one of the big issues impacting all cities.  Locally, we have had one case of items being stolen from a home.  Other issues have revolved around parking, noise and parties.

Housing booking services such as Airbnb, HomeAway and FlipKey have become significant renters of private homes for vacationers and travelers looking for an alternative to hotels. They can provide a nice service, but issues can also arise that impact the neighborhood and the safety of the neighbors and the renters.  I expect the City to look at taking some type of regulatory legislative action in the coming months.

The City has interest in making sure any rental property conforms to the City building code and that guests respect city ordinances while they stay.  This Administration and Council will work together to balance this community’s need to maintain the public peace and safety even as it welcomes short-term visitors.

3. City Recognizes Wrestler’s Championship

The City has recognized Grandview Heights High School senior athlete, Hudson Jump, for his continued success on the mat.

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I joined members of City Council at their May 6th meeting in support of a Resolution of Achievement marking Hudson’s second individual state wrestling championship on March 9th. His win in the 220-pound weight class follows his March 2018 title in the 195-pound weight class.

The dual championship is just the third time a GHHS wrestler has earned two state wrestling titles. Hudson, who also has had a distinguished career on the gridiron for the Bobcats, outscored his wrestling opponents by a combined 85-21 score during the 2018-19 campaign, and finished his high school career with an impressive 157 victories and 11 defeats.

He plans to attend Ohio State University this fall.

Councilman Steve Reynolds sponsored the resolution that gained the support of the entire Council.
I applaud Hudson for his stellar athletic achievement and work ethic and the honor his achievements have brought to the school district’s athletic program and community.

4. Beer Fun Run Raises Money For Cancer Services

The Columbus Beer Fun Run held within Grandview Yard on May 4th raised some cash to provide services for woman cancer patients.

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Presented by Hofbrauhaus, the event attracted 1,233 runners and walkers who got to sample four beers along the 2-mile course.

The Columbus chapter of the Pink Ribbon Girls received a check of more than $3,100 from the fun run event. PRG spokeswoman Betsy Gillespie said the group provides housekeeping and meals to the families of those fighting metastatic breast or gynecological cancers as well as rides to patients to their treatment appointments.

This is the first year the Pink Ribbon Girls hosted this event in the Columbus market.
I went down that morning to check out the event and found myself volunteering for this worthy cause. I enjoyed meeting participants and organizers and look forward to the fundraiser’s expected return next spring. 

5. Field Days Change Over The Years

The end of the school year next week means Grandview Heights City School District students will have a Field Day, but not necessarily one completely filled with races and other physical competition.

Stevenson Elementary School will have their Field Day on Tuesday, May 21st, while Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School will have its on Friday, May 17th.

Stevenson Principal Angela Ullum said the day of various competitive activities has morphed into what is now dubbed Wellness Day, with a mix of the physical activities under the Super Games banner as well as some learning.

The physical activities including tug-of-war, tag and an inflatable obstacle course. After a healthy lunch on the lawn, Ullum tells me the elementary school kids learn about good nutrition and sports etiquette.

I did some research and found out, once upon a time, Field Day was a community holiday celebrated by kids and adults alike from the then-villages of Grandview Heights, Marble Cliff and Upper Arlington. A Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society web page described the Tri-Village field day as the early summer community event from 1915 to 1925.

That web page shows a 1921 Norwester newspaper story describing the days as a collection of children’s games, athletic events, a band concert and fundraising activities. An early afternoon parade with competing neighborhood floats preceded a baseball game between Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington, with a supper served at two area churches and then a vaudeville show following.

The City still has a parade on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, of course; this year, the parade takes place on May 25th. And anyone who has attended UA’s Independence Day parade know neighbors of many UA streets still compete for the best floats as part of their community celebration. 

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org. 

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The Tuesday Top 5: March 25th, 2019

Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights

1. Main Structures Now Framed at McKinley Facility

What a difference a few weeks have made at the 1260 McKinley Ave. construction site of the City’s Public Works Facility.

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R.W. Setterlin Building Co. and its subcontractors have completed the steel skeleton of the new equipment storage building and adjacent office for the City’s Service Department, the Building Department and the Parks Division of the Parks & Recreation Department. Masonry work on those two buildings has also started.

When I last wrote about the facility, contractors had just completed the steel frame on the office section of the complex.

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Construction started in late 2018.The $5.2 million construction project remains on schedule for a September delivery. 

2. M/I Homes Picks up the Pace in the Grandview Yard

Columbus homebuilder M/I Homes now has 14 homes in some stage of construction within its Homes at Grandview Yard project.

The homebuilder has four homes fully framed along West First Avenue immediately west of Bobcat Avenue with four more foundations ready for framing. M/I also has pulled permits for the last six lots along First between Bobcat and the end of Edgehill Road.

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wrote about the start of construction in early January.

M/I will offer three models offering between 1,900 and 2,500 square feet among the 79 homes slated for the Homes at the Yard. The bulk of those single-family homes are slated for an area south of West First and west of Bobcat.

3. Batting Cage Under Construction

Contractors have started construction on the long-awaited batting cage at Pierce Field.
Crews began installing fencing along the Northwest Boulevard edge of Pierce Field on March 22 with the concrete pour expected this week, weather permitting. The City’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 
voted to support the project at its November meeting. 

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The Grandview Heights High School girls’ softball team could begin using the $28,000 structure as early as the middle of April. The Grandview Baseball Softball Association joined the school district’s athletic department and the Bobcat Boosters in funding the 54-foot by 14-foot facility. Anderson Concrete also has donated the concrete materials for the project.

4. Grandview Hop Adds Month, Kid Activities

The 2019 edition of the Grandview Hop will expand its list of kids-focused activities while adding an early Fall weekend to what had been a strictly summer schedule in recent years.

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The Columbus Young Professionals Club that puts on the sidewalk market and entertainment event along Grandview Avenue has added the last Saturday in September to this summer’s schedule. This popular event that is co-sponsored by the Destination Grandview tourism organization and the City will be held on June 29, July 27, August 31 and September 28.

This year’s Hops will offer vendor booths to artists, craftsmen and product sellers ages 8 to 16 in a section called Kids Enterprise Alley in conjunction with the Grandview Heights School District. Organizers and the City also will expand other kid-oriented activities to include a bounce house and interactive games. 

Destination Grandview Executive Director Brian Cheek welcomed the expanding opportunities for youth at the Grandview Hop. “That brings a nice traffic flow to Grandview Avenue and separates us from other area hops.”

I’ll announce more details closer to the first Grandview Hop in late June.

5. City Joins Switch to Biodiesel

The City of Grandview Heights will start pumping biodiesel fuel into much of its heavy vehicles beginning April 1. 

The switch comes as the fuel depot at the Franklin County Engineer’s office at 970 Dublin Road moves to a biodiesel mix effective in early April. The switch to biodiesel at the Dublin Road facility marks the first of three facilities the County Engineer will convert to biodiesel through August.  
A notice to the City from the Franklin County Engineer said the warm-weather mix calls for a 20 percent biodiesel produced from used plant oils, cooking oil and animal fats blended with 80 percent diesel from petroleum. The December through March winter blend will have 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent standard diesel.

The Grandview Heights Finance Department said City departments filled up for a combined 16,666.1 gallons of diesel in 2018 with the Division of Fire’s fire trucks, EMS and ambulance as the City’s major user of diesel fuel. 

The Service Department uses diesel in its dump trucks and other sanitation vehicles. 

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org. 

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May 07

The Tuesday Top 5: May 7th, 2019

Posted on May 7, 2019 at 11:14 AM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: May 7th, 2019

Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.

1. GHHS Junior’s Book, Service Lauded

A book documenting a long-time Grandview Heights community tradition has marked a milestone in a GHHS junior’s community service.

I joined with City Council at their May 6th meeting in recognizing teen volunteer, Meghan Watters, through passage of a resolution of appreciation for her decade-long devotion to community service.
That service has included volunteering for the Heart to Heart Food Pantry at First Community Church, serving on the baking team at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, and an out-of-town mission trip to a women’s shelter and food pantries in New York City through St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

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The 10-year member of Girl Scouts of America Troop 2219 earned a Silver Award two years ago reading stories that promote healthy eating to preschoolers at the Grandview Heights Library.

Most recently, Watters earned top recognition from her troop with the Girl Scouts Gold Award for her research and writing of a book on the 70-year history of the Grandview Heights Cake Walk. That spring fundraiser hosted by the Grandview Heights Band Parents Association supports the purchase of instruments and music and covering the cost of other expenses for the school district’s instrumental music program. As important, it’s a social event many residents have turned into an entertaining family tradition.

Watters, a saxophone player in the Grandview Heights district since fifth grade, said her Cake Walk research included speaking to current and former band directors, tapping newspaper articles from the archives of the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society, and inviting input from longtime residents, including me.  

Watters recently self-published an e-edition of her 43-page chapter book and expects to publish a paperback edition the week of May 20th.

2. Two Police Officers Earn Sergeant Stripes

Two veteran Grandview Heights Division of Police officers were formally sworn in as sergeants during the May 6th meeting of City Council.

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I had the pleasure of administering the oath of office to police division veterans Chad Lester and Janna Cohill in front of those attending the meeting, including some of their colleagues and members of their families.  Cohill and Lester both graduated from the Columbus State Community College in 2004.

Cohill, joined the City as an intern with the Grandview Heights Division of Police and became a volunteer reserve officer in June 2005. In early 2006, the City hired her as a full-time communications coordinator while she remained a reserve officer for six years. 

She became a full-time officer in 2012. Her duties since then have included serving as the division’s public information officer, a field training officer for new officers and a member of the division’s bike patrol. She currently serves on the rifle squad and, as sergeant, will supervise the division’s third-shift patrol. Cohill is married to a Hilliard police sergeant and has two children and a stepchild.

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also served as a reserve officer before the City hired him as a full-time officer in mid-2007, principally patrolling the community on second or third shift. He also has served as a field training officer and an evidence technician, processing crime scenes. With the promotion, the husband and the father of one will serve as a second shift patrol supervisor.

The promotions of Sgts. Lester and Cohill means the department now has five sergeants. Four of the sergeants serve as shift sergeants and the fifth sergeant primarily supervises the investigation unit.

I want to thank Cohill and Lester for their years of service to our community and their continued commitment as leaders of their respective shifts.

The promotions follow the hiring of a new officer in February.

3. Grandview Heights Income Tax

The flow of income tax revenue into Grandview Heights’s coffers this year is on track to meet or exceed the projected $15.8 million tax revenue set in the 2019 budget.  

Each month, Finance Director Bob Dvoraczky presents City Council with updates on revenue coming into the City and expenditures as part of the finance report  The report for the first four months of 2019 – or the first one-third of the fiscal year – shows combined withholding and individual income taxes plus business net profits income of nearly $5.57 million, a $726,822 increase year to date from the corresponding 2018 period.

I wrote a blog in January how the development Grandview Yard development has driven the city’s tax revenue in the last few years.

4. Parks & Recreation Registration Opens

Residents of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff should have received their Summer 2019 Community Guide in their mailbox last week. The guide lists the slew of programs the Department of Parks & Recreation’s staff has in store as well as special community events like the Memorial Day Service on May 23rd and the May 25th Memorial Day Parade.

Registration for residents opens today, May 7th, for many of the programs. I would encourage residents to take the time to review those Parks & Rec activities and quickly sign up for those programs requiring registration as many of the programs have limits on the number of participants.
You can look at an online listing of the summer programming here and click the “Register” button next to the program to begin registration. You may also register at the Park & Recreation office at the Community Center, 1515 Goodale Blvd. If you have any questions or need help, please call Parks & Recreation at 614-488-3111.

One can access the full online version of the Community Guide listing other special events here as well. 

5. Sidewalk Markings a Sign of the Season

Residents walking the sidewalks in their neighborhoods may have noticed fresh white or green paint on the paths these last couple of weeks.

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The white marks mean the Parks & Recreation Department’s maintenance crews have determined the roots of City trees have lifted up a portion of the sidewalk and created a tripping hazard. In those cases, the City will grind down uneven joints or replace the entire section of sidewalk. The City, a few years ago took financial responsibility for sidewalk issues caused by City trees. Prior to that, residents had to remedy such hazards at their own cost.

The Grandview Heights Building Department remains in charge of identifying sidewalks in need of general repair that is not damaged by trees or tree roots. Those sections are marked with green paint and are the responsibility of the home or business owner to repair.  A door hanger is placed at the front door of the residences or business that gives the property owner a time period to repair the sidewalk. Residents are welcomed to contact the City Building and Zoning Department if they have any questions.

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org. 

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The Tuesday Top 5: March 25th, 2019

Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights

1. Main Structures Now Framed at McKinley Facility

What a difference a few weeks have made at the 1260 McKinley Ave. construction site of the City’s Public Works Facility.

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R.W. Setterlin Building Co. and its subcontractors have completed the steel skeleton of the new equipment storage building and adjacent office for the City’s Service Department, the Building Department and the Parks Division of the Parks & Recreation Department. Masonry work on those two buildings has also started.

When I last wrote about the facility, contractors had just completed the steel frame on the office section of the complex.

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Construction started in late 2018.The $5.2 million construction project remains on schedule for a September delivery. 

2. M/I Homes Picks up the Pace in the Grandview Yard

Columbus homebuilder M/I Homes now has 14 homes in some stage of construction within its Homes at Grandview Yard project.

The homebuilder has four homes fully framed along West First Avenue immediately west of Bobcat Avenue with four more foundations ready for framing. M/I also has pulled permits for the last six lots along First between Bobcat and the end of Edgehill Road.

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wrote about the start of construction in early January.

M/I will offer three models offering between 1,900 and 2,500 square feet among the 79 homes slated for the Homes at the Yard. The bulk of those single-family homes are slated for an area south of West First and west of Bobcat.

3. Batting Cage Under Construction

Contractors have started construction on the long-awaited batting cage at Pierce Field.
Crews began installing fencing along the Northwest Boulevard edge of Pierce Field on March 22 with the concrete pour expected this week, weather permitting. The City’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 
voted to support the project at its November meeting. 

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The Grandview Heights High School girls’ softball team could begin using the $28,000 structure as early as the middle of April. The Grandview Baseball Softball Association joined the school district’s athletic department and the Bobcat Boosters in funding the 54-foot by 14-foot facility. Anderson Concrete also has donated the concrete materials for the project.

4. Grandview Hop Adds Month, Kid Activities

The 2019 edition of the Grandview Hop will expand its list of kids-focused activities while adding an early Fall weekend to what had been a strictly summer schedule in recent years.

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The Columbus Young Professionals Club that puts on the sidewalk market and entertainment event along Grandview Avenue has added the last Saturday in September to this summer’s schedule. This popular event that is co-sponsored by the Destination Grandview tourism organization and the City will be held on June 29, July 27, August 31 and September 28.

This year’s Hops will offer vendor booths to artists, craftsmen and product sellers ages 8 to 16 in a section called Kids Enterprise Alley in conjunction with the Grandview Heights School District. Organizers and the City also will expand other kid-oriented activities to include a bounce house and interactive games. 

Destination Grandview Executive Director Brian Cheek welcomed the expanding opportunities for youth at the Grandview Hop. “That brings a nice traffic flow to Grandview Avenue and separates us from other area hops.”

I’ll announce more details closer to the first Grandview Hop in late June.

5. City Joins Switch to Biodiesel

The City of Grandview Heights will start pumping biodiesel fuel into much of its heavy vehicles beginning April 1. 

The switch comes as the fuel depot at the Franklin County Engineer’s office at 970 Dublin Road moves to a biodiesel mix effective in early April. The switch to biodiesel at the Dublin Road facility marks the first of three facilities the County Engineer will convert to biodiesel through August.  
A notice to the City from the Franklin County Engineer said the warm-weather mix calls for a 20 percent biodiesel produced from used plant oils, cooking oil and animal fats blended with 80 percent diesel from petroleum. The December through March winter blend will have 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent standard diesel.

The Grandview Heights Finance Department said City departments filled up for a combined 16,666.1 gallons of diesel in 2018 with the Division of Fire’s fire trucks, EMS and ambulance as the City’s major user of diesel fuel. 

The Service Department uses diesel in its dump trucks and other sanitation vehicles. 

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org. 

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Apr 30

The Tuesday Top 5: April 30th, 2019

Posted on April 30, 2019 at 1:43 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: April 30th, 2019

Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights. 

1. Pedestrian, Bike Paths A City Priority

Spring time gets more people out and about walking on the sidewalks and, of course, riding bicycles.

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The nonprofit League of American Bicyclists has declared May as Bike Month to promote bicycling as a way to get around one’s neighborhood and city, a means of exercise and the joys of simply riding around for pleasure and to work. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has designated May as Bike to Work Month, May 13th-19th as Bike to Work Week and May 17th as Bike to Work Day. So I thought I’d write this week a bit about bicycling.

The Mayor’s Traffic Advisory Group – made up of members of the Administration, a Council representative, our engineers, and community residents – completed our Bike Plan in November, 2016. City Council adopted the plan through a resolution in December, 2016.

Since then, the Administration and City Departments have worked to implement projects and programs to enhance the biking experience and bikeway network, including bike lanes, multi-purpose paths  and street markings and signage on designated bike routes while urging vehicles to share the road.

City Council in August 2017 passed a bicycle helmet law under Sec. 373.02 of the City Code to promote biking safety. That measure falls in line with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations’ "I’m A Roll Model" helmet safety program.

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2. Bike Path/Sidewalks Planned for Grandview, Elmwood Avenues

Speaking of bicycles, one component of the City’s 2019 street program is the widening of the sidewalk along the east edge of Grandview Avenue between the City Hall and Goodale Boulevard to accommodate both pedestrians and bicyclists. 

The City also has started design work on a path/sidewalk along the east edge of Elmwood Avenue between Goodale and Bluff Avenue.  Elmwood is very narrow at that point and the City recognizes a need to create a safe route for our residents traveling up and down that section.

Construction on the Elmwood project may or may not start later this year.  Plans need to be finalized and discussions with those impacted residents will need to take place before the City gets to the construction stage.

Wrapping up, I urge residents to become aware of increased bicycle activity in the coming weeks and months and make this a safe summer. 

3. CSX Trestle Work To Close West Third For 4 Weeks

Construction of the new CSX trestle over West Third Avenue near Grandview Yard will prompt the closing of the westbound lane for four weeks, joining the ongoing blocking of eastbound traffic.
Contractor Compete General Construction Co. expects to close the westbound Third Avenue at 9 a.m. on May 6th, according to a notice from the Columbus Department of Public Service. Eastbound Third Avenue has been closed for some time as part of the continuing work to widen Third Avenue.

The Columbus Public Service website has updated detour instructions on its website. Columbus also has posted traffic signs with the suggested routes.

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The contractor had previously closed the westbound lanes during the weekend of February 22nd-25th to allow for the demolition of the previous trestle. The trains have since run on a temporary bridge over Third.

The road project remains on a schedule for completion in September. I will update residents on the progress of this project as new information becomes available. 

4. Renovated Balboa Restaurant Set To Reopen

The Balboa restaurant in the heart of the Grandview Avenue retail and entertainment will reopen just ahead of the Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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The Mexican restaurant at 1312 Grandview Ave. closed in early January as it finalized its plans to enhance its outdoor dining experience through the construction of a timber trellis over a fully renovated patio. The project also entailed interior renovations, including a larger bar.

Jeff Bauer, Vice President of Development for Balboa owner Connect Realty, said the restaurant will reopen Friday, May 3rd, just before Cinco de Mayo on May 5th. The covered patio improvements, Bauer said, “will extend the life of patio into the early spring and later in the fall and later into the evening.”

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The renovations also calls for widening the sidewalk in front of the patio from 4 feet to 6 feet, at the urging of the City and the Commission, in hopes of improving the flow of pedestrians along Grandview Avenue.

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The restaurant expects to employ 15 to 20 during the fall and winter and about 30 during the spring and summer.

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission approved changes to the renovation plan during its February 7th meeting.

5. Developers Open Doors To For-Sale Grandview Yard Housing

Three developers in the Grandview Yard district showed a steady stream of would-be buyers different options for the City’s newest neighborhood during the afternoon of Sunday. April 28.
Agents with builder M/I Homes took dozens of prospective Grandview Heights residents through three of the seven framed Homes at Grandview Yard it has under construction along West First Avenue between Edgehill Road and Bobcat Avenue. That stretch will eventually have 14 homes along the north side of West First, while another 65 are planned to be built south of First in the next couple of years.

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Prices for the 1,961-square-foot, two-bedroom with loft and unfinished basement in the first phase start at about $583,000 while a 2,720-square-foot, 4 bedroom with finished basement will cost nearly $690,000.

A lottery requiring a $5,000 deposit for the development’s first phase will begin May 28, two days after the model homes open.

Meantime, Wagenbrenner Development also has started marketing the next 40-unit phase of its Homes on Pullman Way townhomes north of Williams Avenue, with two of the multi-unit buildings currently under construction. It welcomed sales prospects this last weekend at a unit along the south side of Williams where it built 44 for-sale townhome condos and detached condos.
Finally, Grandview Yard master developer Nationwide Realty Investors showed off three of the 35 units in its 828 At The Yard condo flats at 828 Bobcat Avenue at Burr Avenue. Just 11 units with 1,400 to 1,570 square feet of living space remain available at prices between $430,000 and $462,000.


On a personal note:

The DeGraw Family expanded by 1 last week with the birth of our first granddaughter. Mother and baby are doing great.  She will have her hands full, as she has 3 older brothers.

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org. 

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The Tuesday Top 5: March 25th, 2019

Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights

1. Main Structures Now Framed at McKinley Facility

What a difference a few weeks have made at the 1260 McKinley Ave. construction site of the City’s Public Works Facility.

20190322_094335
R.W. Setterlin Building Co. and its subcontractors have completed the steel skeleton of the new equipment storage building and adjacent office for the City’s Service Department, the Building Department and the Parks Division of the Parks & Recreation Department. Masonry work on those two buildings has also started.

When I last wrote about the facility, contractors had just completed the steel frame on the office section of the complex.

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Construction started in late 2018.The $5.2 million construction project remains on schedule for a September delivery. 

2. M/I Homes Picks up the Pace in the Grandview Yard

Columbus homebuilder M/I Homes now has 14 homes in some stage of construction within its Homes at Grandview Yard project.

The homebuilder has four homes fully framed along West First Avenue immediately west of Bobcat Avenue with four more foundations ready for framing. M/I also has pulled permits for the last six lots along First between Bobcat and the end of Edgehill Road.

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wrote about the start of construction in early January.

M/I will offer three models offering between 1,900 and 2,500 square feet among the 79 homes slated for the Homes at the Yard. The bulk of those single-family homes are slated for an area south of West First and west of Bobcat.

3. Batting Cage Under Construction

Contractors have started construction on the long-awaited batting cage at Pierce Field.
Crews began installing fencing along the Northwest Boulevard edge of Pierce Field on March 22 with the concrete pour expected this week, weather permitting. The City’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 
voted to support the project at its November meeting. 

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The Grandview Heights High School girls’ softball team could begin using the $28,000 structure as early as the middle of April. The Grandview Baseball Softball Association joined the school district’s athletic department and the Bobcat Boosters in funding the 54-foot by 14-foot facility. Anderson Concrete also has donated the concrete materials for the project.

4. Grandview Hop Adds Month, Kid Activities

The 2019 edition of the Grandview Hop will expand its list of kids-focused activities while adding an early Fall weekend to what had been a strictly summer schedule in recent years.

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The Columbus Young Professionals Club that puts on the sidewalk market and entertainment event along Grandview Avenue has added the last Saturday in September to this summer’s schedule. This popular event that is co-sponsored by the Destination Grandview tourism organization and the City will be held on June 29, July 27, August 31 and September 28.

This year’s Hops will offer vendor booths to artists, craftsmen and product sellers ages 8 to 16 in a section called Kids Enterprise Alley in conjunction with the Grandview Heights School District. Organizers and the City also will expand other kid-oriented activities to include a bounce house and interactive games. 

Destination Grandview Executive Director Brian Cheek welcomed the expanding opportunities for youth at the Grandview Hop. “That brings a nice traffic flow to Grandview Avenue and separates us from other area hops.”

I’ll announce more details closer to the first Grandview Hop in late June.

5. City Joins Switch to Biodiesel

The City of Grandview Heights will start pumping biodiesel fuel into much of its heavy vehicles beginning April 1. 

The switch comes as the fuel depot at the Franklin County Engineer’s office at 970 Dublin Road moves to a biodiesel mix effective in early April. The switch to biodiesel at the Dublin Road facility marks the first of three facilities the County Engineer will convert to biodiesel through August.  
A notice to the City from the Franklin County Engineer said the warm-weather mix calls for a 20 percent biodiesel produced from used plant oils, cooking oil and animal fats blended with 80 percent diesel from petroleum. The December through March winter blend will have 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent standard diesel.

The Grandview Heights Finance Department said City departments filled up for a combined 16,666.1 gallons of diesel in 2018 with the Division of Fire’s fire trucks, EMS and ambulance as the City’s major user of diesel fuel. 

The Service Department uses diesel in its dump trucks and other sanitation vehicles. 

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org. 

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